When you buy a car, how long do you tend to keep it? A few years? Six or seven? Ten? For the U.S. Postal Service, it’s a long, long time. The backbone of its delivery fleet – more than 200,000 vehicles – is the right-hand-drive Long Life Vehicle (LLV), which has an expected service life of 24 years. But almost 70 percent of the LLVs on urban and rural routes are now between 25 and 32 years old, and maintenance costs are high.

The combined effect of aging vehicles, a growing number of delivery points, and a changing mail mix increases the need for new delivery vehicles to meet the current operational demands of six-days-a-week delivery. That’s why the Postal Service began planning in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 for acquisition of a new, Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) to start replacing the current fleet beginning in FY 2018 through FY 2019. But due to frequent changes to the NGDV acquisition timeline, the planned deployment date is now scheduled for January 2022.

Our auditors looked at the Postal Service’s acquisition strategy, which uses modeling of current and projected operational data. As noted in their recent report, they found that the strategy was generally adequate, but significant implementation delays arose. USPS management told our auditors that the original timelines were not sufficient and more time was needed to develop and test the prototypes. For example, issuing the Request for Proposal to suppliers for the NGDV prototype vehicle took six months longer than initially planned due to extensive stakeholder briefings.

We recommended the Postal Service’s Vice President, Delivery Operations, coordinate with the Acting Vice President, Engineering Systems, to perform a schedule risk assessment of the NGDV production timeline to evaluate the risk of further delays and determine whether modification to the mixed vehicle acquisition strategy is warranted. Management agreed.

Do you remember when the Postal Service last transitioned to a new vehicle in the late 1980s/early 1990s? What did you think then of the Jeep being replaced by the LLV? What do you remember when you saw the first Postal Service LLV?

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  • anon

    Go with Workhorse. Electric vehicles=green future

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    In my many years of automobile ownership, I agree with your premise and experience to own a vehicle for a long, long time. My prior SUV (which I bought new in 2001) performed great for 14 years of ownership with regular, routine maintenance. However, there came a point where the cost to repair and the lack of new technology In the vehicle out weighed continued ownership, so my next SUV was my current Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit bought new as well with a lifetime warranty and I have enjoyed it immensely. What a boost to the moral of our Postal Workers to give them a new, updated delivery vehicle. They need AC and no fumes so the electric platform sounds great to me. My next vehicle will be electric for sure as they become more affordable. I fully support the Postal Service leading America forward to support it’s workers with a long overdue electric vehicle which will reduce emissions and maintenance costs, saving consumers money as well. Even better if built by Americans in America!

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    Go Electric! Workhorse!

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    Don't make another mistake you need to live with for another 20+ years, get the Workhorse vehicles for the next 5-10 years, then get another batch of the latest and greatest at that point in time, and continue. The rate of innovation is so fast that it would be unwise to pick a single product now, when so many are about to come onto the market. Workhorse is ready to go now, get them now, but keep evaluating the market and make good business decisions. Convert to 100% electric and don't ever buy another ICE vehicle again!

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    please move quickly in refreshing your entire Fleet with WorkHorse EVs. Your mail carriers deserve these great state of the art vehicles. Plus, Workhorse EVs, will save billions of dollars over time, contribute to helping modernize, and eventually make the USPS an environmentally friendly & profitable organization. #workhorse #AllAmerican

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    Hello and thank you for reaching out to tax paying citizens. I believe the USPS is a vital piece of the America we love. As such I feel its important to look far into the future for long term growth and cost savings. I am in favor of the Workhorse EV for the NGDV. Going full EV would save billions per year in fuel and maintenance costs, while supporting American manufacturing. Please consider saving us tax payers money and eliminate emissions. Go Workhorse.

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    Workhorse vehicles are the absolute best choice to replace the gas guzzlers currently in use by the USPS. Workhorse, an American company, is the only choice really.

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    Hope you will consider going 100% electric on the next generation delivery trucks. If they are going to be used for decades the cost savings on gas and maintenance will be massive. Saving me the tax payer money. Also most states will be moving towards 100% EV in the next decade anyway. Just my 2 cents Thanks

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    Would be a shame to not go the EV route. I saw you were looking at going with Ford and committing to 30 years on gas guzzlers??? What a waste of American taxpayer dollars. Choosing to not go EV would be irresponsible for the environment and bad stewards of taxpayer money.

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    Looks like Workhorse can be a great partner for a green future including drone delivery! Really hope it works out!

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    Does Workhorse (WKHS) sound familiar?

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    USPS should save the economy and atmosphere by choosing the EV Workhorse submission to manufacture in Lordstown. HUGE gas savings, THOUSANDS of new jobs, and NO emissions. Plus, drone delivery will be the future.

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    I think they should get new ones every five years

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    So now that they are getting all new ones can I get one for free and one for a friend we don't have transportation

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    If you want to choose the only zero-emission, cost-effective, low maintenance vehicle that will save the USPS billions of dollars in fuel costs and maintenance for the next 25 years, you must pick WORKHORSE. It is the only all electric EV candidate capable of doing the job. Please do not waste taxpayer dollars buying more gas/diesel powered trucks that pollute the air and get terrible gas mileage and have high maintenance costs. Make a statement that the USPS cares about the environment and saving the US taxpayer money on fuel and maintenance costs. Choose WORKHORSE!

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    ELECTRIC VEHICLES are the future and maintenance costs would decrease dramatically. Buying vehicles for the next 30 years, this is for the future, our future... In that time majority will be electric. Why not make the choice now and lead with example?

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    What better time then now to convert to an all electric model. Workhorse is the only 100% electric and 100% American made option in the bidding process. Let's keep the jobs here and move forward with electric, not backwards with an internal combustion engine!

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    Hey, I love the article its very interesting to see USPS is moving in a great direction. The future EV is very interesting and exciting to say the least. Consumers are looking for a company with positive impact on the environment.

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    Workhorse would be a great ccompany to manufacture the new usps contract!

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    Please go electric, for the USPS budget - economy and for the environment

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    I believe Workhorse would save the USPS billions a year.They would be good for the workers & the environment also.

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    Consider Workhorse, they make amazing electric vehicle with low maintenance cost and cost efficient

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    I think it would be smart to convert to an all electric mail delivery vehicle. With states now mandating commercial vehicles to be all electric within a set time frame this would only make sense. Also considering maintenance costs etc. I would Also assume that the Avg mpg equivalent of an electric vehicle would be substantially cost effective versus vehicles with a combustion engine. The lifetime cost savings over the lifetime of an electric vehicle versus a gas vehicle would very substantial. I think with those factors as well as where states are beginning to mandate the switch to electric vehicles it would only make sense for the usps to go electric.

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    I would love to see the fleet go with EV for the cost savings and looking towards the future.

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    Vehicles to open and keep america open!!!!!!

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    Going all electric would save a lot of fuel charges, less maintenance fees, and better for the environment. Workhorse seems like the best option for you guys!!

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    As a Military “Retired” Veteran, we are trained to always protect the United States of America. USPS can also protect the USA by going all ELECTRIC and 100% built by USA for our economy.

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    Unfortunately I am a bit younger to remember this, but I love the iconic USPS vehicles! As a child I was always excited to see the truck entering the street and with no doubt you could tell the mail is here. Then it was time to read letters from my foreign mail friends! Fast forward, now instead of letters it is packages and even as an adult it fills me with excitement when the truck is in front of the building. Personally for me a next generation vehicle of the postal office should lead by example to the American people by protecting the environment in an all new Electric Vehicle. The vehicle should also be ergonomic and comfortable to the mail drivers, they already have a hard enough job during all seasons of the year! I'm very aware of the trucks involved in the USPS bid and personally would be super excited to see Workhorse becoming the next generation vehicle! :-)

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    What are the top 2 things you will be looking in NGDV fleet.

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    Great article! As a proud American and the CEO of my forestry company, I’m looking for longevity and reliability in a green vehicle. Workhorse is the right company for America’s USPS. Made in the USA!

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    USPS would do well to support our environment. Procuring electric vehicles should be a USPS priority as we move forward into the new decade and beyond. Please don’t contribute to the depletion of natural resources and the destruction of our environment — support electric vehicles instead! Thank you for servicing our great nation!

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    I really would like to see a push for electric vehicles in the USPS. They appear to be more cost effective overall and offer great milage. Of course being better for the environment is a plus. And with more states requiring it, it's a no brainer for the future. Anyway, just my thoughts, thanks for reading.

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    Going electric would save a ton of money and be good for the environment. Have you guys considered that?

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    As an active environmentalist, I would love to see an all electric vehicle like Workhorse. Just makes sense all around. For the environment and the Post Office cutting down on their high labor costs with reduced maintenance cost. Its a win win for everybody. 100% electric!!

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    Would love to see the USPS go green!

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    Love the idea of new vehicles for carriers. EV would be fantastic because that seems to be the trend in the future. Seem to be alot less maintenance after the initial investment of charging stations.

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    I would like to see the vast majority, if not all delivery vehicles, be EV’s that are built in America.

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    All electric would be the best bet. Workhorse looks amazing! Plus they have drone capabilities. Not to mention all the money that would be saved with maintenance and last mile delivery!!! All american as well.

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    it makes the most sense to use Workhorse's EV trucks for the USPS. You guys already know why...haha:) Go all EV - SAVE ON FUEL AND REPAIR COSTS NOW! AND make America Great!

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    Good day. Electric vehicles are the future of the world in the automobile industry. As a company the United States Postal Service has to adapt to these changes. We are currently in the middle of the 4th industrial revolution. Whether we want to believe that or not, it's happening. Although this change is inevitable it's not the worst thing that could happen. Clean energy, electric vehicles etc are actually a very good thing. Definitely for our planet but also for our businesses as they look to cut back costs. EV delivery trucks would definitely save USPS at least a billion dollars in maintenance a year if we dive into the numbers. I believe USPS should weigh their options look where they can cut costs and make a healthy long-term decision that will carry this company into the next generation. God bless

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    I heard that you guys were planning on making a deal with that E-Volt company Workhorse. It would be exciting to see USPS as one of the first major player’s in EV transformation of transportation. And even better for the environment!!

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    I have no doubt that Workhorse will save USPS millions of dollars in the near future as well as long term.

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    I would love to see you guys transition to greener vehicles preferably all electric like others including Amazon is doing. We only got one earth!!!

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    I think the best thing you could possibly do is go with Workhorse vehicles. They will help reduce USPS costs and debt while being environmentally and economically friendly.

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    I would like to see the LLV become a healthier EV vehicle that would save gas and perform better from mailbox the mailbox on gas

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    I hope you go full electric with the new vehicles! That Workhorse van is also the best looking van of the 3 choices, those other 2 are ugly.

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    I believe the priority is to save the earth and a company such as USPS should be a leader in this area since the fuel consumption of the previous fleet is astronomical and outrageous . Whether it’s from a pollution or fuel cost perspective, it just doesn’t make sense to keep using fuel powered vehicles. Please go fully electric for incoming fleet of trucks. Workhorse bidder is the logical, ethical and economical choice. This next fleet of vehicles is gonna last and be used for the next 30 to 40 years . Buying anything else than fully green/electric powered would be a disgrace and a spit in the face of our planet. Thank you for taking into account our voices . GO GREEN

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    I would love to see you guys really step into this new economy of EVs and clean energy, by replacing that old fleet with the all-electric Workhorse! How can that NOT save the USPS $BILLIONS in the coming years? Good luck with your choice, but that is an amazing vehicle, and I know they're in the running!

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    When will the winner of the NGDV contract be announced?

    Sep 08, 2020
  • anon

    Rumor mill says "USPS getting ready for large meeting to discuss EV contract details". November 2nd I believe.

    Oct 30, 2020

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